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The Pearl by John Steinbeck, Jose Clemente Orozco

“There it lay, the great pearl, perfect as the moon.”
 
Like his father and grandfather before him, Kino is a poor diver, gathering pearls from the gulf beds that once brought great wealth to the Kings of Spain and now provide Kino, Juana, and their infant son with meager subsistence. Then, on a day like any other, Kino emerges from the sea with a pearl as large as a sea gull's egg, as "perfect as the moon." With the pearl comes hope, the promise of comfort and of security....

A story of classic simplicity, based on a Mexican folk tale, The Pearl explores the secrets of man's nature, the darkest depths of evil, and the luminous possibilities of love.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101199343
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/01/1993
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 79,275
File size: 795 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John Steinbeck, born in Salinas, California, in 1902, grew up in a fertile agricultural valley, about twenty-five miles from the Pacific Coast. Both the valley and the coast would serve as settings for some of his best fiction. In 1919 he went to Stanford University, where he intermittently enrolled in literature and writing courses until he left in 1925 without taking a degree. During the next five years he supported himself as a laborer and journalist in New York City, all the time working on his first novel, Cup of Gold (1929).
 
After marriage and a move to Pacific Grove, he published two California books, The Pastures of Heaven (1932) and To a God Unknown (1933), and worked on short stories later collected in The Long Valley (1938). Popular success and financial security came only with Tortilla Flat (1935), stories about Monterey’s paisanos. A ceaseless experimenter throughout his career, Steinbeck changed courses regularly. Three powerful novels of the late 1930s focused on the California laboring class: In Dubious Battle (1936), Of Mice and Men (1937), and the book considered by many his finest, The Grapes of Wrath (1939). The Grapes of Wrath won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 1939.
 
Early in the 1940s, Steinbeck became a filmmaker with The Forgotten Village (1941) and a serious student of marine biology with Sea of Cortez (1941). He devoted his services to the war, writing Bombs Away (1942) and the controversial play-novelette The Moon is Down (1942).Cannery Row (1945), The Wayward Bus (1948), another experimental drama, Burning Bright(1950), and The Log from the Sea of Cortez (1951) preceded publication of the monumental East of Eden (1952), an ambitious saga of the Salinas Valley and his own family’s history.
 
The last decades of his life were spent in New York City and Sag Harbor with his third wife, with whom he traveled widely. Later books include Sweet Thursday (1954), The Short Reign of Pippin IV: A Fabrication (1957), Once There Was a War (1958), The Winter of Our Discontent (1961),Travels with Charley in Search of America (1962), America and Americans (1966), and the posthumously published Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters (1969), Viva Zapata!(1975), The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights (1976), and Working Days: The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath (1989).
 
Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962, and, in 1964, he was presented with the United States Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Steinbeck died in New York in 1968. Today, more than thirty years after his death, he remains one of America's greatest writers and cultural figures. 

Linda Wagner-Martin
is Frank Borden Hanes Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the editor of The Portable Edith Wharton.

Date of Birth:

February 27, 1902

Date of Death:

December 20, 1968

Place of Birth:

Salinas, California

Place of Death:

New York, New York

Education:

Attended Stanford University intermittently between 1919 and 1925

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“[The Pearl] has the distinction and sincerity that are evident in everything he writes.”—The New Yorker

“Form is the most important thing about him. It is at its best in this work.” —Commonweal

“[Steinbeck has] long trained his prose style for such a task as this: that supple unstrained, muscular power, responsive to the slightest pull of the reins.”— Chicago Sunday Times

Reading Group Guide

INTRODUCTION
When John Steinbeck accepted his Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962, he described the writer's obligation as "dredging up to the light our dark and dangerous dreams for the purpose of improvement." For some critics, that purpose has obscured Steinbeck's literary value. He has been characterized variously as an advocate of socialist-style solutions to the depredations of capitalism, a champion of individualism, a dabbler in sociobiology, and a naturalist.

While evidence for different political and philosophical stances may be culled from Steinbeck's writings, a reader who stops at this point misses some of the most interesting aspects of his work, including his use of paradox. "Men is supposed to think things out," insists Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath. "It ought to have some meaning" (p. 55). But in this epic novel, as well as in Of Mice and Men and The Pearl, Steinbeck seems to question whether the mysteries of human existence can ever be fully explained. In these works that span the grim decade from 1937 to 1947, Steinbeck urges the dispossessed to challenge a system that denies them both sustenance and dignity, and to seek the spiritual belonging that enables individuals to achieve their full humanity. So we have the paradox of the author apparently denouncing injustice while also exalting acceptance of the sorrows visited on humanity, whether those sorrows are wrought by nature or by humans themselves.

All three books examine the morality and necessity of actions the characters choose as they pursue their dreams. The poor fisherman Kino in The Pearl dreams of education for his son and salvation for his people. We first meet him in the dimness before dawn, listening to the sounds of his wife, Juana, at her chores, which merge in his mind with the ancestral Song of the Family. "In this gulf of uncertain light [where] there were more illusions than realities" (p. 19), the pearl that Kino finds lights the way to a more just world and the end of centuries of mistreatment by white colonizers. But the promise of wealth manifests the archetypal evil hidden in the community's unconscious, like the pearl that had lain hidden in its oyster at the bottom of the sea. As the dream turns dark, Kino descends into violence, bringing death to four men and ultimately to his own son. What other choices might he have made? This parable raises questions about our relationship to nature, the human need for spiritual connection, and the cost of resisting injustice.

Steinbeck's most controversial work, The Grapes of Wrath, raises similar questions. During the Dust Bowl Era, three generations of the Joad family set out on the road, seeking a decent life in fertile California and joining thousands of others bound by an experience that transforms them from "I" to "we" (p. 152). Cooperation springs up among them spontaneously, in sharp contrast with the ruthlessness of big business and the sad choices made by its victims, for whom "a fella got to eat" (p. 344) is a continual refrain. Casy, the preacher turned strike leader, wonders about the "one big soul ever'body's a part of" (p. 24).

On their journey to the promised land, the characters in The Grapes of Wrath confront enigmatic natural forces and dehumanizing social institutions. Casy is martyred as he takes a stand for farmers who have lost their land to drought and are brutally exploited as migrant laborers. His disciple Tom Joad, who served time for killing a man in a bar fight, ultimately kills another man he believes responsible for Casy's death. Tom's passionate conviction—expressed in his assertion that "wherever they's a fight so hungry people can eat, I'll be there" (p. 419)—stirs our sympathy; but his dilemma, like Kino's, requires us to ask whether taking a human life can ever be justified.

The Grapes of Wrath and The Pearl are also linked by their female characters and the questions they raise about gender roles and family identity. In The Pearl, Juana's "quality of woman, the reason, the caution, the sense of preservation, could cut through Kino's manness and save them all" (p. 59). Is this quality most responsible for the return of the pearl to the sea at the end of the novel? Like Juana, Ma Joad is "the citadel of the family" (p. 74). As the remnants of the Joad family seek refuge in a barn at the close of The Grapes of Wrath, Ma's daughter Rose of Sharon nurses a starving stranger with milk meant for her dead baby. This final scene of female nurturing offers a resolution while also disturbing our long-held ideas about family.

Steinbeck departs from this depiction of women in Of Mice and Men. Confined to her husband's home, and never given a name in the novel, Curley's wife functions almost as a force of nature, precipitating the events that wreck the men's "best laid schemes," as poet Robert Burns wrote. Whereas the women in The Grapes of Wrath and The Pearl suggest hope even in the bleakest of circumstances, Curley's wife leaves only shattered dreams in her wake.

Of Mice and Men tells a tightly compressed story set during the Great Depression. George and Lennie, drifters and friends in a landscape of loners, scrape by with odd jobs while dreaming of the time they'll "live on the fatta the lan'" (p. 101). Lennie has a massive body and limited intelligence, and his unpredictable behavior casts George as his protector. The novel is peopled with outcasts—a black man, a cripple, a lonely woman. The terror of the consequences of infirmity and old age in an unresponsive world is underscored when a laborer's old dog is shot. Is Lennie's similar death at the hands of his protector, with his dream before his eyes, preferable to what the future holds for him? Nearly all the characters share in some version of the dream, recited almost ritualistically, and in their narrow world it is pitifully small: "All kin's a vegetables in the garden, and if we want a little whisky we can sell a few eggs or something, or some milk. We'd jus' live there. We'd belong there" (p. 54).

The ending appears to be at odds with Steinbeck's explicit exhortations for social change in the other two novels. In Of Mice and Men, he seems to appeal to a higher form of wisdom in the character of Slim, who does not aspire to anything beyond the sphere he occupies. His "understanding beyond thought" (p. 31) echoes Rose of Sharon's mysterious smile at the end ofThe Grapes of Wrath.

From the questions his characters pose about what it means to be fully human, Steinbeck may be understood to charge literature with serving not only as a call to action, but as an expression and acceptance of paradox in our world. "There is something untranslatable about a book," he wrote. "It is itself—one of the very few authentic magics our species has created."

ABOUT JOHN STEINBECK

John Steinbeck's groundbreaking and often controversial work, with its eye on the common people, earned him both high praise and sharp criticism. In addition to his novels, Steinbeck produced newspaper and travel articles, short stories, plays, and film scripts.

Born in 1902 in Salinas, California, Steinbeck spent much of his life in surrounding Monterey county, the setting for some of his books. His experience as a young man working menial jobs, including as a farm laborer, ranch hand, and factory worker, was transformed into descriptions of the lives of his working-class characters. After attending Stanford University intermittently for six years, Steinbeck traveled by freighter to New York, where he worked briefly as a journalist before returning to California.

His first novel, Cup of Gold, appeared in 1929, but it was Tortilla Flat (1935), his picaresque tale of Monterey's paisanos, that first brought Steinbeck serious recognition. Of Mice and Men (1937) was also well received. The Grapes of Wrath (1939), a book many claim is his masterpiece, was both critically acclaimed and denounced for its strong language and apparent leftist politics. Always shunning publicity, Steinbeck headed for Mexico in 1940, where he made The Forgotten Village, a documentary film about conditions in rural Mexico. He spent the war years as a correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune, for which he later toured the Soviet Union in 1947; he also wrote the novel The Moon Is Down (1942), about Norwegian resistance to the Nazis.

Steinbeck's other notable works of fiction include The Pearl (1947), East of Eden (1952), and The Winter of Our Discontent(1961). He also wrote a memoir of a cross-country trip with his poodle, Travels with Charley in Search of America (1962). Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. He died in New York in 1968. His work stands as testament to his commitment to "celebrate man's proven capacity for greatness of heart and spirit."

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. Why can neither Kino nor Juana protect their baby from the scorpion?
     
  2. Why could Kino kill the doctor more easily than talk to him?
     
  3. Why is it important to Juana that Kino be the one to throw the pearl back into the sea?
     
  4. Why does Kino think the killing of a man is not as evil as the killing of a boat?
     
  5. What does the narrator mean when he says, "A town is a thing like a colonial animal" (p. 21)?
     
  6. Why does the music of the pearl change?
     
  7. Why does Kino come to feel that he will lose his soul if he gives up the pearl?
     
  8. Why does Tomás help Kino?
     
  9. Why does Juana feel the events following the pearl's discovery may all have been an illusion?
     
  10. What is the significance of Juana and Kino's walking side by side when they return to the town?

FOR FURTHER REFLECTION

  1. Did Kino do the right thing in demanding a fair price for the pearl, even if it meant leaving his community?
     
  2. Why does Steinbeck choose the parable as the form for this story?

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Jay_Battle More than 1 year ago
In the book The Pearl by John Steinbeck, the main character Kino faces a dilemma after finding a pearl in the ocean. Kino and his wife live in a little village and, one day while diving, Kino spots something shiny stuck on a rock. Kino realizes it is a pearl and he chips it off of the rock. At first Kino didnt believe that there would really be a pearl in such a shell, but sure enough he opens it up and sees the pearl inside. The news spreads around the village and every one wants to see it. Village members, including friends of the family, are willing to do anything to get their hands on this pearl because of the wealth and power it would potentially bring them. Soon after the discovery Kino's son, Coyotito, is stung by a scorpion and soon becomes ill and Kino and his wife take him to the doctor in the city. When the guard at the gate sees the family approaching, he tells them the doctor is not there. The guard says this beacuse he sees that Kino will have no way of paying the doctor, until Kino tells him about the pearl. The doctor goes to Kino's house and "cures" Coyotito. After everyone has heard about the pearl Kino begins hearing things stirring in the night next to his hut and goes out to see what is causing the noise. This occurs twice in the story, and both times, Kino comes back covered in blood. Juanita, Kino's wife, knows that the pearl is no good and may even be evil. One night Juanita becomes so fed up with the pearl that she takes it and tries to throw it back into the ocean but Kino was driven by anger and beats her when he sees this happeneing. Overall, there are lots of tragic incidents in this story and the pearl brings nothing but problems, pain, death and the loss of family itself. The theme I see fit for this story is that basically, money and power can drive you to go to impossible measures, and that in the end, it isnt worth all of the strain it causes a person.
VanillaBean More than 1 year ago
The Pearl is a classic by the excellent writer, John Steinbeck. A simple story, yet filled with dramatic characters and events that kept me flipping the pages. One of the best aspects of The Pearl is the writing. John Steinbeck's writing is untouchable and classic. I loved the Pearl and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a classic book that shows culture and the value of materials and wealth over love.
WTVCrimeDawg More than 1 year ago
The Pearl is an excellent tale--one of my favorites. It's a simple classic that explores the depths of man's darkest nature. The protagonist, Kino, is a young, poor pearler in tune with family and nature, but a tragic event exemplifies his discontent with life's meager offering for his oppressed little village. Kino's luck dramatically improves when he finds the Pearl of the World. Yet the Pearl summons the evil spirit of mankind, instead of bringing the fortune Kino desires. Kino subsequently becomes suspicious of almost everyone, including his loving wife, for those who covet the Pearl will do anything to steal it. Will Kino successfully protect his family and sell the Pearl before those who covet it catch him? Is he willing to risk everything to improve his stake in life?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Upon being required to read this book for a school assignment, i was not looking forward to studying this story. After completing this book, I must say it was better than I thought it would be. This is a book you could put on your summer reading list for new things to try. I gave this book a three because it was extremely short and not quite my style.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good buy it. There is a hidden message though so keep a look out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When you read The Pearl, don't read it at face value or you'll be disappointed that it's a frustrating story with a sad ending. I found it to be loosely based on the parable in the bible "The Pearl of Great Price". The Pearl, by Steinbeck is an allegory depicting the many facets of the human condition and the mistaken belief that financial gain is the ultimate road to happiness, comfort and fulfillment in this life. But I found the under-lining story line to be a reminder that when we throw "our nets" out into the world in search of treasure, remember to sift through it and consider where it may take you.
Sanders More than 1 year ago
The Pearl is the first John Steinbeck novel I have read, and Pearl has given me good first impressions on Steinbeck's writing. The Pearl is a a very simple yet amazing book. There are many biblical parallels. Steinbeck does a fantastic job revealing human nature through Kino by his desire for wealth, and the expectations of happiness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I disliked this book greatly. I had to read this book for school and found it highly unreal and boring. The main character isn't very smart and the ending is very saddening. Avoid this book if possible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bad Book!
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
Brilliantly written by one of the great literary masters of the 20th century. Steinbeck's books go much deeper than what appears on the surface. Most adults have read The Pearl during their middle or high school years. It's certainly worth a re-read. Be sure to read the intro that is provided in this volume. It provides great insight into the true meaning of the book. This novella is only about 60 pages but it is filled with emotion and life lessons learned.
davidc0469 More than 1 year ago
I have to say that the more I read Steinbeck, the more this man is quickly becoming one of if not my favorite author. The story is the definition of greed and the evils that come with it. Kino is a poor diver that finds the fortune of a lifetime in a giant sized pearl while diving during his every day job. Kino at this point thinks he will be rich and all his problems solved. However the pearl brings noting but problems, pain,death and the loss of family itself. It is a short basic stpory some 90+ pages but the story basic and the characters perfect for this setting. Again, another Steinbeck novel I would strongly urge readers(especially Steinbeck fans) to read. I finished it in less than a day. DNC.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Miserable book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Steinbeck...read Winter of our Discontent another fabulous read!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has many great lessons to it! Go ahead and read it, i can almost assure you that you will wallk away from this book satisfied with at least one lesson...if not more! This book presents the concept of the good and evil eye, greed, luck, and being content with whatever G-d put into your bread basket.. i also enjoyed this book mainly because it ended sadly. I dislike those books that end happily ever after because in reality, life isn't always sweet like a bar of milk chocolate. It can be semi sweet and at other times like dark chocolate - gloomy and bitter. Happy reading!
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the pearl takes place Mexico where a man finds a pearl and goes through more suffering than without I really liked the book. when I first picked it up I couldn't put it down and was tuned in all the wayWhen Coyotito, a very young child, is stung by a scorpion, Kino, his father, must find a way to pay the town doctor to treat him. The doctor denies Kino for having no money and it makes him enraged. Shortly thereafter, Kino discovers an enormous, lucid pearl which he is ready to sell to pay the doctor. Everyone calls it "the pearl of the world, "again I loved this book I highly recommend that you read if you are looking for slightly drama and little adventure. The man's shot has killed Coyotito, No longer wanting the pearl; Kino throws it back into the ocean. To find out more you will have to pick up the book tune in and read. dallas b.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kino a poor Indian/Mexican lives with his wife Juana and their baby Coyotito. Kino is a pearl diver, and lives a simple life.  One day, Coyotito gets bitten by a scorpion, and the doctor won't treat him because he knows Kino won't be able to pay the bill.  Kino goes pearl diving to try to find a pearl so he can pay the doctor. Kino and Juana find a huge pearl and the entire town watches as Kino tries to sell it.  The pearl causes danger to Kino and his family. The people were jealous of his good fortune.  When the news about the pearl spread, the doctor came right over to check on Coyotito.  He just wanted to make some money for himself.  Kino became very protective over the pearl because no one would give him the amount of money that he thought was a fair trade. One day Kino hears a noise in their house and he throws a knife in the dark and hits a robber trying to steal the pearl.  Kino and his wife set out for the capital hoping to get more money for the pearl. When they are along the way they find out that sheep trackers are following them. Kino sends Juana and Coyotito to a cave to hide, and told Juana to keep the baby quiet. When it got dark, Kino stripped naked so he could not be seen in his white cloths, and climbed down the rocks to see who was following him. When he made it to the bottom, Coyotito began to cry. The sheep trackers thought it was a coyote pup and they said this will make it shut up, so they shot at the spot where Coyotito was.  Kino killed the three men and climbed back up to too see if his family was safe.  He soon realized that the only cry he could hear was Juana's death cry, because Coyotito was dead! Kino and Juana carry Coyotito's lifeless body and throw the pearl back into the ocean, hoping to end this bad fortune. I would recommend this book because there is a good lesson to be content with your life because it can change quickly. Kino and Juana learned that their greed cost them their child's life.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
John Steinbeck’s famous novel,The Pearl, is without a doubt, one of the most boring books I’ve ever read. I read the book in 6th grade, loathed it, gave it another chance this year in 9th, and my opinion of the book remains the same. The theme of the story expresses how greed can destroy and change someone as well as their life. I will admit that Steinbeck made a fascinating plot told from a third-person point of view: a poor couple with a sick infant stumble upon a fortune(the pearl), become treated differently by their town where others manipulate, use, cheat, and harm the family, the family goes on a journey to sell the pearl for what it’s really worth, and with all of the chaos surrounding them, people get hurt, the infant dies, and the parents throw this “evil” pearl back into the water it came from. It sounds like a fascinating story, doesn’t it? With the plot, it had the potential to be a marvelous tale, however it was Steinbeck’s writing style and characters that did not convince me to see it as anything other than another boring 90 pages. It felt as though everything was dragged out through too much detail and dramatization; as if paragraphs could just go on and on about canoes, the water, and irrelevant characters in the story. The main characters of the story were just not interesting. There was nothing special or intriguing about them. Kino was just a poor man who wanted the best for his family; sweet, but uninteresting. Juana usually just did whatever Kino told her to. The baby was probably the most interesting character just because it created the conflict! All in all, I would rate the book 2 stars. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the short story The Pearl, by John Steinback, the plot is that Kino and his wife live poorly in a small village and have little to no money. He comes to find that his baby son Coyotito has been stung by a scorpion and is very ill and nearest doctor wont take him in because they have no money and come from a poor village. When Kino finds a pearl it he hopes that it will solve his problems and bring his family fortune, it does the opposite and creates many tragic problems for him and his family. I think the plot was very interesting and kept me on my toes wondering what could happed next or how the conflict would be solved. The theme that Steinback conveyed through The Pearl is that money and power leads to many problems and tragic devastation and in the end, it is not worth all the stress it gives a person. The writing style that the author used was very dynamic and really showed the stress that Kino had.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Pearl by John Steinbeck was a rather interesting buy. Not interesting in a good way, but in a way that makes you think, “I’m so interested in why I would have ever thought of reading this book”. In this sad excuse for a book, Steinbeck makes a lower-class couple find a shiny, great big pearl that could save their baby’s life, or get them nearly anything, all the riches they want. Coincidence? I think not. After their child is bitten by a deadly scorpion bite, they find that the only doctor in town is so much of a punk that he refuses to save his life without the proper pay. After finding the pearl, the child ends up okay, but the main character, Kino becomes very greedy with the pearl. Steinbeck then tries to show us that his central idea is people should cherish what they have and make the most out of it, the more you want, the less someone gives. After turning down many great offers to buy the pearl, Kino turns them all down, saying he could get more. That only leads to less people wanting to buy, and saying “It’s not worth it”. More bad luck comes when the child still ends up in fatal injury, and evil arises from the pearl. I desperate needs to give themselves more bad luck, Kino tosses that “sacred” pearl back where he found it, in the ocean. What makes this story terrible is the constant detail. Now, everyone loves detail, but Steinbeck turned 3 second in time into 50 pages of uselessness that no one bothers to read. This random story of a poor family and their trip to what could have been richness does not catch the readers eye. Watch out, he makes it seem interesting by starting it off sad and a crying, stung baby, but the rest of the book is more of boring plot that drags on forever and ever. it may only be 100 pages long, but I would rather pull my eyeballs out right from their sockets. One other failure in interest is once again, the plot. All it is, is a man running around with a pearl and trying to sell it with no luck. Yeah, he’s trying to save his kid and they are trying to get out of lower-class status, but c’mon, that’s pretty much the lives of most people. And this guy, turns down all his offers, up at around 1000 dollars. This Is exactly why you want to stop reading because all you think, is “Why in the world would you do that you imbecile,” His greed shows off that no one wants to buy a rip-off. Great theme, but poor execution.  2 stars, 3 ½ out of 10. Terrible book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was really good, but the ending was very sad. Be warned.